A little walk in nature always does the soul some good, so here are a few spots to do exactly that during the colourful fall season.
Parc des Chutes-de-la-Chaudière
Distance from Montreal: 2 hours and 40 minutes
Why You Need To Add It To Your Bucket List: Parc des Chutes-de-la-Chaudière has both hiking and cycling trails, so it's an ideal spot for both walkers and bikers. There's also a 35-metre-high waterfall for you to be awed by.
Why You Need To Add It To Your Bucket List: This national park has 20 kilometres of gorgeous hiking trails, so not only will you get to fall in love with the colours of the changing leaves, but you'll also get a sick workout in.
Why You Need To Add It To Your Bucket List: This mountain in Saint-Donat is nothing short of breathtaking. The short hike is said to be rather challenging, but it'll all be worth it once you see the view from the top.
It's time to start planning those leaf-peeping adventures because it appears fall foliage is arriving a bit early and we're just weeks away from the bare-tree greyness of the long winter season. At the top of our fall hikes list is Quebec's Mont-Orford.
The Estrie mountain, situated in a Quebec national park of the same name, features eight hiking trails, each offering an immersive adventure in the brilliant, fiery colours of the fall foliage.
From the park's multiple peaks, hikers can take in the great blanket of bright reds, oranges and yellows that covers the region's hills and valleys in the fall.
But you don't have to work too hard to yield some big rewards.
Sépaq describes the shortest and easiest hike, the 3.5-kilometre Étang-Fer-de-Lance, as "a pleasant walk in a maple forest [leading] to a superb panoramic view."
Those looking for a bit more difficulty might try the Mont-Chauve hike, a 10.6-kilometre intermediate-level loop that crosses the peak's summit.
Get all the details on visiting Mont-Orford below.
Mont-Orford Fall Foliage Hike
Price: $9/adult for a day pass; tickets must be purchased online
Where: 200, Chemin du Camping, Orford, QC (visitor centre address)
When: Seasonal closure dates vary by trail
Why You Need To Go: For maybe the best views of the fall foliage in Quebec
This is easily one of Quebec's most beautiful sites. There is a huge 2.5 km ecological trails that follows the gorge in which the river flows. This trails forks to lead you to two different observation decks.
These falls are said to be the most impressive falls to see up close in Quebec. Not because it's the biggest one (only stands at 63m high) There is a 1 km long hiking trail that leads you to the foot of the falls, as well as observation areas. rest areas and picnic zones.
Several walking paths and forests to explore nearby. And yes, in case you were wondering, there is a suspended foot bridge. And since simply looking at the falls isn't excitement enough, there is a gaming area nearby so you can play a quick game of pétanque. Animals are permitted as long as they are on a leash.
If you're looking for a nice refreshing getaway then look no further. Mauricie National Park features the Cascades trail, it's a 2 km long pathways that leads you all the way up to the waterfall. And this is one of the few you can actually swim in. There's even a beach and picnic area close-by. They also offer boat rentals.
One of the more memorable waterfalls in Quebec. Standing at 84m tall and 46m wide it's the largest urban waterfall after Niagara Falls! There are plenty of hikes that lead up to the fall, or you can also take the cable car if you're feeling lazy. There are also walkways that lead to a 2nd smaller fall nearby
An enjoyable waterfall experience for the whole family. This fall features a 74m drop nestled deep inside Canyon Sainte-Anne. There are several well-developed trails that allow to view the falls from many different angles. You can access the other side using a 60m high suspension bridge that crosses over the top of the falls.
Just a few minutes from Quebec city sits the Chutes-de-la-Chaudière. You can bike or hike through the surrounding trails. In fact there are over 4.5 km of trails. This fall also has a suspended foot bridge that sits on top of the falls to give the most spectacular view possible.